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Icelandic Group confirms plan to sell Seachill business Subscription

21 Apr 2017 | By Kevin White

Saucy Fish Co owner is in “great shape”, says CEO Simon Smith

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Post backs British growth potential for Weetabix stable Subscription

21 Apr 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

US cereal group Post Holdings has placed a £1.4bn bet on the post-Brexit opportunities for Weetabix

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LDC confirms secondary buyout at Addo Food Group Subscription

20 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Details of the transaction have not been disclosed, but the deal – revealed exclusively by The Grocer last week – is understood to value Addo at upwards of £100m.

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Investigation into Heineken's Punch Taverns takeover extended Subscription

20 Apr 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The CMA issued an extension notice yesterday after Heineken failed to provide some of the information needed

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Rivington Biscuit brands marketed for sale Subscription

19 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Brands manufactured by failed biscuit supplier Rivington Biscuits are being marketed for sale by an IP consulting firm.

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Hundreds of redundancies at Pulse Packaging despite production restarting Subscription

18 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

More than 150 staff have lost their jobs at consumer goods packaging maker Pulse Flexible Packaging despite administrators recommencing manufacturing at the firm’s two sites.

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Aquila Processing squeezed by weak pound in wake of Brexit Subscription

18 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Fish processor Aquila Processing, which supplies Aldi, has called in administrators to help secure a rescue deal after being hit by the weak pound.

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Post Holdings seals £1.4bn Weetabix deal Subscription

18 Apr 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

US cereal group Post Holdings has announced it has secured a £1.4bn buyout of Weetabix from its former Chinese owners.

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Post Holdings announces £1.4bn Weetabix deal Subscription

18 Apr 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Weetabix has been bought by US listed cereal manufacturer Post Holdings – as forecast by The Grocer - for US$1.76bn (£1.4bn)

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LDC shows appetite for food deals with MBO at Hill Biscuits Subscription

18 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Private equity firm LDC has backed the management buyout of custard creams and bourbons maker Hill Biscuits, in a deal valued at £10m to £15m, The Grocer can reveal.

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Whitworths sale will mean private equity investor takes a bath Subscription

13 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

With Whitworths up for sale, its private equity owner is set to take a bath on its investment

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City snapshot: LDC poised for £100m Addo deal Subscription

13 Apr 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Private equity house LDC is closing in on a takeover of Vision-owned pork pie supplier Addo Food Group worth over £100m. Plus, Saucy Fish Co owner Icelandic Seachill prepares for sale, PZ Cussons on target to hit full-year targets and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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LDC closes in on £100m-plus deal for pork supplier Addo Subscription

13 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Private equity house LDC is closing in on a takeover of pork pie supplier Addo Food Group to add another food business to its portfolio

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BrewDog crowded out as private equity snaps up 22% stake Subscription

12 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

BrewDog – which swore it would never ‘sell out’ to institutional investors – has sold a 22% stake to a US PE house

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Tesco own-label drink supplier Refresco rejects initial PAI bid Subscription

12 Apr 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Tesco own-label drinks supplier Refresco has rebuffed a takeover bid from French private equity giant PAI Partners

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Icelandic Seachill to be put up for sale 'within weeks' Subscription

12 Apr 2017 | By Kevin White, Edward Devlin

Seachill is currently the last remaining food business within the Icelandic Group

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Bonds owner Innovative Bites swoops for Hancocks in £100m deal Subscription

12 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

American food wholesaler Innovative Bites has swooped to add Hancocks Cash & Carry to its growing confectionery empire in a deal worth about £100m, The Grocer can reveal.

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Oscar Mayer acquired by German PE house Subscription

11 Apr 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

UK ready meals supplier Oscar Mayer has been bought by German private equity player Deutsche Beteiligungs (DBAG) as it seeks to build a new European food group.

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DX Group shareholder Gatemore aims to block John Menzies deal Subscription

11 Apr 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The companies said the merger would result in yearly savings of £8m to £12m

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John Menzies-DX Group tie-up 'good news' says NFRN Subscription

10 Apr 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The companies said the merger would result in savings of £8m to £12m each year…

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Unilever 'Sprexit' and strategic review: what the analysts say Subscription

07 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

The results of Unilever’s much-anticipated strategic review didn’t come as a great surprise to the City, but what did the analysts make of the announcement.

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Reckitt Benckiser to 'explore all options' with food sell-off Subscription

07 Apr 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Selling off food assets seems to be all the rage these days

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As Reckitt sells off food, KPMG predicts fresh wave of M&A activity Subscription

07 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Reckitt Benckiser’s sell-off of its food division is “just the start of a wave of M&A activity for fmcg companies”.

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Unilever to sell spreads, combine food and drink and increase investor returns Subscription

06 Apr 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Unilever has announced the results of its strategic review this morning, confirming its intention to sell its spreads division as well as combined food and drink into one business, simplify its structure, launch a share buyback programme and increase dividends. Plus all the latest news from the City

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Real Good Food buys majority stake in Brighter Foods Subscription

05 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Real Good Food has acquired a majority stake in Welsh snack food manufacturer Brighter Foods for up to £9m.

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Post's purchase of Weetabix shows faith in post-Brexit Britain Subscription

21 Apr 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Weetabix is still a fundamentally British company not an international company based in Britain

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Dave Lewis still has work to do to sell the Booker deal Subscription

13 Apr 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco’s planned £3.7bn merger with Booker hung like a huge shadow over what was otherwise a resurgent set of results

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Why Reckitt Benckiser's food sell-off is part of a longer strategic game Subscription

03 Apr 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Fresh on the heels of Unilever’s reported plan to sell its problematic spreads division, Reckitt Benckiser has confirmed it is exploring the sale of its own food division

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'Sprexit' is not enough to satiate demanding Unilever investors Subscription

24 Mar 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Reports that Unilever is preparing to sell off its spreads business make sense as the group looks to return cash to shareholders, but ‘Sprexit’ alone won’t be enough to satisfy its increasingly demanding investors.

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Why some brands might benefit from 'foster care'

23 Mar 2017 | By Edwin Bessant

Mergers and acquisitions pose the question of how to maximise the value and growth potential of a portfolio of brands

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Polman must act. And fast. Subscription

24 Feb 2017 | By Adam Leyland

That was awkward. The barbarians are at the gate. Two days later they’ve sloped home

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Will Warren Buffett and his Kraft-Heinz mob be back? Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Alec Mattinson, Edward Devlin

The £115bn bid for Unilever has been called off, but it’s sent shockwaves through the fmcg sector

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Kraft Heinz wash-up will put ‘Persil Paul’ and Unilever growth in the spotlight Subscription

20 Feb 2017 | By Edward Devlin

With the announcement that the offer is off the table from the Americans, we ask where does all this manouvering leave Unilever and Kraft Heinz?

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Unilever board speaks for many with rejection of Kraft Heinz overtures Subscription

17 Feb 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Unilever’s strongly worded rejection of Kraft Heinz’s £115bn approach today did not sound like the words of a board about to roll over and accept a slightly higher offer.

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Kraft Heinz moves on Unilever: a sign of desperate times for big food? Subscription

17 Feb 2017 | By Edward Devlin

What happens now? How likely is Kraft Heinz to up its bid price? And will CEO Paul Polman allow the company to slip from his control? 

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Kraft Heinz makes play for Unilever: analyst reactions Subscription

17 Feb 2017

Leading City analysts react to Kraft Heinz’s bid for Unilever

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Three big opportunities for suppliers from the Tesco-Booker merger - video Video

14 Feb 2017 | By David Sables

David Sables of Sentinel Management Consultants explains how suppliers should best approach negotiations with Tesco and Booker



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